TORRINGTON – Most people don’t think about the local school district when they think about supporters of community recreational activities like Little League or Pee Wee football. After all, school districts have their own athletic and intramural programs to support. But since 1994, Goshen County School District No. 1 has been one of the largest financial supporters of community-based recreational projects in the county by being the sole supporter of the Goshen County Recreation Board.
Title 18, Chapter 9, Article 2 of Wyoming statutes gives local governing bodies, including school districts the authority to raise funds, either together or independently, to establish a “system of public recreation.” In the case of local governing boards or councils, they can raise as much money as needed through mill levy or special use taxes. In the case of local school boards, they can collect a levy up to one mill for the purpose of supporting local recreational projects.
“We got started as a rec board in 1994 with the one mill levy from the school board,” said Goshen County Rec Board President Tim Pieper. “When we got started we collected $50,000 to $60,000 a year through the mill levy and since we’ve started we’ve (dispersed), after this year, about $2.4 million dollars for county recreation.”
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